Jaisalmer Fort – Rajasthan
Jaisalmer Fort is located in Jaisalmer City in Rajasthan, India. Counted amongst the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer fort is the most popular landmark of Jaisalmer city.
This fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
This fort is popularly known as the ‘Sone Ka Quila (Golden Fort)’. The fort stands in the middle of the unending golden sands of the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer fort is one of the most prominent tourist attractions of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal Jaisal. It is a 250 foot tall fort, which is protected by 30 feet long walls. The fort constitutes 99 bastions, amongst these 92 were built between 1633 and 1647. The fort is situated on 80 m high Trikuta hill, has its outer wall of palaces, houses and temples of soft yellow sandstone. There are 4 gateways to reach this fort Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol.
The fort is known for its elaborately carved structure called Raj Mahal (Royal palace), the residence of the erstwhile royal family and the beautiful Jain and Laxminath temples. The magic of this architectural marvel is best witnessed at sunset when the whole fort seems ablaze as it reflects the light from the setting sun. The fort looks golden in the early morning when the first rays of the sun reach the ground.